Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media.
I discovered rather quickly that I could not prepare a single set of presentations to use over and over again.
Parents, you need to be aware that truly dangerous apps exist and are readily available to your children.
And, if you are reading this as a young person or young adult who thinks I am being condescending, tough.
Because of this, we must remain diligent and be ever on the lookout for the next worst thing that could fall into the hands of our children. Please note: You can turn location services, or GPS, off on cell phones by going in to the device settings. Those who hold back their kids tend to (most times) regret it, once their children leave the house they "loose their minds" and do things their parents have never dreamed of ... I wanted to thank all the teenagers that responded to this post and all the wonderful answers. I have always felt that I do my best to trust them unless they give me reason not to trust. I have always done the best to raise them with the knowledge and instill skills with how to handle themselves in various situations.
This will keep the Apps and photos from posting the exact location or whereabouts of the phone user., has been in technology for medical facilities since early 2000 and has been practicing for more than 20 years with his start in the United States Air Force. How many of the kids who have hurt other kids, in schools came from a honest working family. In conclusion I just want to say that it isn't the apps fault, those people who created it only did it to make money ... And to know they can always just ask if they need help or advice.
Bullies, predators, and more can send anonymous messages to a specific person, asking them inappropriate things or even simply making hurtful statements. Kik Messenger – This is a private messenger app and is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons.
Look, if the developers could ensure the apps would only be used between consenting adults, I wouldn’t have a problem with all of this; however, the only way to ensure that to any reasonable level is to pretty much kill the app’s revenue streams. Parents who give their children that freedom to do as they please will NEVER be disappointed ... You can add people you already know and talk to bots which probably won't do anything as they are quite dumb. The first 2 are boys,with the youngest being a girl. But I also feel there is a fine line that needs to be drawn.
Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.
This app is a rumor machine and a perfect channel for the kinds of bullies who hide behind a screen, hurting other people behind a shield of anonymity. – This app allows users to ask a specific person anonymous questions.
When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes. This app is the perfect channel for sexual predators.
Experts say these predators blackmail young children, by starting inappropriate conversations with them, then threatening to send the messages, photos, or videos to their parents if they tell anybody, therefore trapping the child in a disgusting, dangerous situation. Whisper – This is a meeting App that encourages users to post secrets.